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Thinning the Clothes Herd

We’ve had kind of an eventful week around here in the Larry-Hobie Household.  On Monday, we went to Glendale and got a couple of tours at apartment complexes there.  The first one we went to was pretty decent but we weren’t actually able to get a tour of an open unit (I don’t understand why I would be allowed to go to the office if that’s the case, but whatever) and instead just a Youtube video and a chance to talk to the leasing office rep.  Found out the units are completely carpeted.  That’s kind of INSANE in this day and age.  Why would you want that?  In the bedrooms, sure, but everywhere else?

So we then went to the next apartment complex, and BAM!  It’s exactly what we were looking for, and cheaper than what we’re paying now.  Disclosure: we’re paying a pretty big amount for where we live, and we both think it’s not exactly money well spent.  Multiple reasons, really:  living space is really spread out but the actual living room is compressed with the dining area, which is clumsy.  ANYWAY – we loved the complex and after getting a tour of the unit and all the amenities, we were given a pretty great offer.  We slept on it and then on Tuesday, after reaching out to our auto insurances to check how badly our premiums would go up and instead found out they’d be going DOWN (guess we’re in a worse neighborhood/zip code for auto insurance than even Glendale), it became a no-brainer.  We’re moving!  We’ll have an overlap during the month of March to conduct a soft move, with us aiming to be out of our Franklin Hills/Los Feliz place by March 31.  Exciting!  Pictures to come when we get our keys on Saturday.

Anyway, what about my headline for this post?  Well, I’ve been continuing work on the effort to Marie Kondo my stuff, and today was finally getting into the clothes situation.  It’s very satisfying to throw all the items of clothing in each category (coats/jackets, t-shirts, shirts, sweaters) on to the ground and then take each one in hand in order to determine if the item actually brings you joy/happiness.  It’s kind of shocking to see how much stuff I kept schlepping along with me all these years.  So here are the pictures from today’s efforts in getting coats/jackets, t-shirts, shirts and sweaters thinned out.  It was exhausting, so pants, shorts and underwear are happening tomorrow.  Then a trip to Goodwill on Friday to get rid of it all, along with to the UPS Store in Silver Lake for their paper destruction facility.  Be gone, excess!  (This is going to make moving soooo much easier!)

The shirts on the upper right and the polos in the lower-left are mine.  Maybe surprisingly, this is an AFTER shot.  I had a lot of junk that needed to go.
The shirts on the upper right and the polos in the lower-left are mine.  Maybe surprisingly, this is an AFTER shot.  I had a lot of junk that needed to go.25-Feb-2015 15:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Polos were cut by half, easily.
Polos were cut by half, easily.25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
Just looking back the other way and at all my hangars that no longer have a use.  I DID Joan Crawford my way to no wire hangers though!
Just looking back the other way and at all my hangars that no longer have a use.  I DID Joan Crawford my way to no wire hangers though!25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
 
The initial stack of clothes (on the left) that are going to Goodwill.  Those on the right aren't salvageable and are headed to the trash.
The initial stack of clothes (on the left) that are going to Goodwill.  Those on the right aren't salvageable and are headed to the trash.25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
Off to Goodwill with you!
Off to Goodwill with you!25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
BEFORE:  my kind of hectic t-shirt and sweater storage area.  UGH.
BEFORE:  my kind of hectic t-shirt and sweater storage area.  UGH.25-Feb-2015 15:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
 
25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
AFTER:  T-shirts in a much more manageable quantity; Sweaters too and also organized by function and weight.
AFTER:  T-shirts in a much more manageable quantity; Sweaters too and also organized by function and weight.25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Me!  (in my Veronica Mars Kickstarter t-shirt)
Me!  (in my Veronica Mars Kickstarter t-shirt)25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
The stack of Goodwill-bound clothes grows bigger
The stack of Goodwill-bound clothes grows bigger25-Feb-2015 16:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
My trash
My trash25-Feb-2015 16:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
These things will have new forever homes soon enough with Goodwill
These things will have new forever homes soon enough with Goodwill25-Feb-2015 16:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
 

LEGO Landmarks!? Yes, please! (+ American Sniper Thoughts)

While spending $$$ at Americana and the Glendale Galleria, we ended up stumbling upon the fact that LEGO put in this fairly awesome collection of National Landmarks all around the Galleria.  We first saw the U.S. Capitol building when we entered the mall and were blown away by just huge it is.  I didn’t even realize it was made of LEGOs until we got closer as it was just such a giant model.  I picked up the handout for the exhibition which indicated that more models were to be found throughout the mall.  So we went on our LEGO scavenger hunt (not really worth being called a scavenger hunt as they tell you where everything was) while also shopping around to see if one of these lucky stores was going to sell me a suit.  Spoiler Alert:  none of the Galleria stores got lucky; had to go back to Americana for that.

So first up, the U.S. Capitol building:

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06-Feb-2015 16:01, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 50
06-Feb-2015 16:01, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 40
 
06-Feb-2015 16:02, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 32
06-Feb-2015 16:02, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
06-Feb-2015 16:02, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 

Down the hall, past some other assorted LEGO creations such as a cityscape in the midst of a chaotic battle of Avengers and pigs, we then found the Statue of Liberty:

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06-Feb-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
06-Feb-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
06-Feb-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
06-Feb-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 

Over by the Food Court, we found the U.S. Supreme Court building:

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06-Feb-2015 16:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
06-Feb-2015 16:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
06-Feb-2015 16:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
 

That was kind of neat to see, as I really had no idea the building was so big.  What the hell else is in the Supreme Court?

Next up was the Jefferson Memorial.  It was a bit smaller in scale than the other constructions, but still fun to marvel at as they even built the Jefferson statue within:

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06-Feb-2015 16:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
06-Feb-2015 16:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
06-Feb-2015 16:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 

Opposite the Jefferson Memorial was a HUGE recreation of the Washington Monument.  It seemed important to build a very large scale version of it to help you appreciate the majesty of its presence in real life.  I also think it was built to be relative in scale to the size of a LEGO mini-fig.  Kind of hard to capture this construction until we got up to the second level:

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06-Feb-2015 16:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
06-Feb-2015 16:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
06-Feb-2015 16:21, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
06-Feb-2015 16:22, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
06-Feb-2015 16:22, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
 
06-Feb-2015 16:22, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 40
06-Feb-2015 16:22, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
06-Feb-2015 16:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
 

Over in the Bloomingdales wing, we found another very large-scale construction which was of the White House.  Now here’s where I ended up learning something that is quite embarrassing:  I never knew/realized that the Oval Office was NOT in the actual White House.  It’s in the West Wing.  I swear I NEVER realized this and thought it was directly in the main house.  But nope – Larry pointed out what was “obviously” the West Wing as you could see the Oval of the Oval Office there.  That’s when my mind was blown.  Still kind of shocked I never knew that.

06-Feb-2015 16:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 50
06-Feb-2015 16:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 50
06-Feb-2015 16:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 40
 
06-Feb-2015 16:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 50
06-Feb-2015 16:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 50
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06-Feb-2015 16:26, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 50
 

Right near the entrance to Bloomie’s (where I did NOT buy a suit, thank you very much) is where the Liberty Bell is located.  It didn’t get nearly as much love in terms of gawking as the other structures, but it was still a fun construction to marvel over.  I’m in awe of the artistry it takes to build something so intricate and impressive-looking.

06-Feb-2015 16:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
06-Feb-2015 16:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
06-Feb-2015 16:29, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Feb-2015 16:29, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 

Finally, at least for us, we then marched all the way back over to the Target wing area to see the last LEGO sculpture for us, the Lincoln Memorial.  That’s another very impressive structure to see but it was kind of hidden underneath the escalator, which gave me a sad.  It should have been out in the open like the Capitol building, but I guess the skin care kiosk mafia nixed that idea quick.  🙂

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06-Feb-2015 16:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
06-Feb-2015 16:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
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06-Feb-2015 16:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 

It was a nice surprise to see these scattered throughout the mall.  As you may have seen from my image post yesterday, I did end up buying a suit, but it was back at Nordstrom’s in Americana.  I was taken care of very nicely by Adel in the Men’s Store there and even though it wasn’t exactly cheap, I got a great suit that fits great.  Now I have a nice dark suit to replace my first suit purchased way back in the day when I started interviewing for jobs upon deciding to get out of the Air Force.  That one did great for a long while, but I don’t really like it at all anymore.  It’s very bulky and wide, and while I’m not exactly svelte, that old suit does nothing for me while this new Hugo Boss suit does a LOT for me.

American-Sniper-2014Finally, today Larry & I went over to the Vista to see a movie for what feels like the first time in a while. Caught American Sniper as while there’s a whole lot of chatter about the subject matter, it is obviously striking a chord in a lot of people as it’s doing very well at the box office.  Plus, it’s gotten a lot of Academy Award attention too and a lot of people we know have seen it and loved it.

Well, I think we both walked away from the movie surprised as it was a very good movie.  It’s made in a way that you can potentially take different things away from it and that’s probably a mark of a good movie, and I’m glad Clint Eastwood bounced back from the godawful Jersey Boys.  Personally, I found this to be nothing like a jingoistic rah-rah war movie or propoganda.  It was clear this story was being told from Chris Kyle’s perspective, warts and all.  We see that he becomes quite a broken man from his experiences in Iraq as he deals a LOT of death through the course of his duties as America’s deadliest sniper but there’s of course a toll.  There’s a toll on his psyche as well as the explicit toll of seeing his comrades getting hurt or killed.  You understand where Kyle is coming from when he feels anger and sympathize with his struggles coming home as he’s shell-shocked at what he’s doing and gone through.  It’s a tragic story in the end as we know how this all ends up, and it is terribly ironic and sad that he dies not on the battlefield (after surviving FOUR tours of duty in Iraq) but at the hands of a disturbed veteran who Kyle is trying to help.

american-sniper_612x380_1I started to write some more about trying to reconcile what was told in this movie versus what is known, in hindsight, about our efforts in Iraq and about the real person Chris Kyle, but I don’t know if that really matters.  I think American Sniper shows how awful a warzone can be and you can take away from it what you want.  Me?  I’m fucking glad as hell I never went to the desert during my time in the Air Force.  I had friends who did and some of their stories scare the shit out of me.  I’m glad Larry & I saw this though.  On a purely superficial (and gay) level, there was some serious beefcake in this movie too.  Just sayin’.  And that’s how I will leave this review, on a totally superfluous note!

Reflections…? Nah, Not Yet. (MM)

So there’s a part of me that has all these ideas of end-of-the-decade Hobie favorites.  Favorite songs, favorite movies, favorite TV shows….and of course, maybe a favorite or memorable cast of characters and memories from this crazy-ass decade.  And I realize, that’ll take a long time and lots of pictures.  I’ve got all of these of course, and I will properly do that.  In the meantime though, just wanted to check in and say Hola.

The past few weeks have been wonderful as the weather has been finally getting cool and actually got cold a week or so ago.  As you may or may not know, I am a Jacket Whore.  I have no shame in that I will add another jacket to the collection even if I have a perfectly adequate collection already.  I’m like a girl and her shoes – I’m a gay man who needs his jackets.  So don’t get in my fucking way if Banana Republic is having a bitchin’ sale on jackets.  And boy howdy, did they! A few weeks back, they were having a sale on all outerwear – so of course Larry & I went, and I combined that offer with also applying for a BR store card.  Then I bought another jacket the next week on their 40% off Tuesday sale.  It is like crack.  Love it.

Anyway, work is work still.  I am making do, but there are things that I am doing in the meantime to prepare myself.  If you have heard the latest business news, you may have heard that NBC Universal is soon to become the property of Comcast.  Who knows what that means for now?  Not really anyone, at least anyone who is talking to us commoners.  But I know that I’m keeping my eyes open.  Just sayin’.

In media/entertainment matters, I’ve been addicted to rewatching LOST Season 5 in preparation for its last season!  Also, the game Assassin’s Creed 2 is still like the best fun ever on the PS3.  New Super Mario Bros Wii is kicking my ass.  I also finished Stephen King’s Under the Dome – man, that is a story.  And to hear they’re filming it for a mini-series?  Stay tuned for the epic finale.  Yowza.  I also saw the movie Precious this weekend.  Brutal, but still a good movie.

Okay, enough for now.  I’ve gotta start getting charged up for an end-of-decade extravaganza!  I think I’m also going to throw an actual New Year’s Eve party at my place.  Hurray!

Miami / Vice

So for my job, I HAD to go to Miami. Even I hate me because that’s so effin’ awesome.

Okay, how cool is that? Another place that I’ve always wanted to go: Miami. And now I’ve gone. I even had the chance to go to South Beach, although admittedly it was with my coworkers, so it wasn’t exactly the ideal situation. But it was still incredible to go down there and partake in the fun. I flew there from LaGuardia (which I have an entirely BETTER impression of now that I’ve flown out of there from a different terminal, this one the AWESOME Delta terminal) on Monday afternoon, with my boss picking me up from Midtown in his car. We then got down there around dinner time, so we first stopped at our hotel, the Conrad Hotel. OMG. In-fucking-credible. First, the hotel’s lobby is on the 25th floor. And when you’re checking in, behind the desk folk is a stunning view of the Miami bay. Then I found out I had been upgraded to a suite. Which was hella sweet. Pictures below. But we only paused to drop stuff off (and I did a quick shirt change) and then it was off to meet up with others in the group for dinner. They had stayed much closer to South Beach, and I may have to do that as well next time (which I found out that there probably will be a few more Miami business trips!). Anyways, we met up with them and South Beach is pretty damn awesome. We ate at a place called Mojitos and then hit the main strip, Ocean Drive, and hung out in a club called Mango’s. You can imagine what that name implies. Well, it’s not really that suggestive I guess – it wasn’t a strip joint. But the club does have girls in very small bathing suits dancing on a bar…as well as guys too. Nice. ANYWAYS, I definitely think a non-business trip down there will be in order!

That was probably the highlight of this week so far – if I have a better highlight, you know I’ll be updating asap! But other fun was had since I’ve last updated.

First, I finally got my first true taste of NYC nightlife. Went with Shelly, my roommate, out to a concert this past Saturday night. It was ‘supposed’ to start at 8pm, but of course it didn’t start till 10pm (thems the rules in NYC). But it was a great chance to drink a lot, and by the time the concert started (the artist was Me’Shell Ndegocello, for those that are interested), I really was so buzzed it didn’t matter if it was Yoko Ono screaching her little Asian heart out. But it was a blast, I ended up making friends with a couple who had been hanging out at the bar too (they were about as trashed as me too and were also like, who the fuck cares who’s singing?). The guy gave me his business card and I may have to contact him to hang out with him and his wife again. They were cool. After the concert ended around 11:30, Shelly and I headed a few streets up. The concert was held in the Maritime Hotel’s ballroom (called the Hiro Ballroom) which was Asian themed, and was located close to Downtown on 16th Street. A few blocks up at 22nd street is where you then find some of NYC’s really fun (and expensive) night clubs, so we strolled up 8th Avenue from 16th to 22nd, passing by all sorts of people out and about on a Saturday night. There was an ‘alternative’ club that I’ll definitely have to go back to one day, but tonight we were headed to one of the Ultra Lounge / Dance clubs on 22nd. So basically, between like 8th and 7th avenues, there’s a section of street that is purely nightclubs. It almost actually reminded me of the downtown Colorado Springs area where the clubs are…but just a LOT more expensive. We had a number of clubs to choose from, but we ended up choosing one called Duvet. It was awesome. Very upbeat and danceable music and the crowd was all having a blast. White walls and giant beds were the theme of the club, but barely anyone was chilling on the beds – literally everybody was shaking their ass on the floor. It was quite an awesome place to start my NYC clubbing days. That night was mostly hip-hop, but as the night went on, it definitely started progressing towards mixes of recognizable tunes – but these mixes were so crazy good it was awesome. I heard Wanna Be Startin’ Something mixed with Don’t Cha and just had to dance harder. I totally wished Susan would have been there at that point, as she was definitely my CS dance buddy. When she gets out here to visit, she better be ready for a workout!!!!

Anyways, we danced for a few hours there (with a $30 cover for me, you better believe I was going to stick around for a bit, even if I am making 6 figures) and then we met up with someone Shelly is dating a ways away on 3rd avenue. I was EXHAUSTED by this point so I decided to head home – and what a journey that turned out to be. First, I admit I was drunk. So with that said, my initial goal was just to get to the New Jersey PATH train station, which takes you from Manhattan to Hoboken, NJ. The PATH station is on 6th Avenue and 23rd, which is FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR from where we were. And in my new shoes (story below) which weren’t still quite broken in, my feet paid the price. And for some reason, I felt reluctant to take a taxi to the station. Never again will that reluctance be encountered. So I walked my drunk ass to the PATH station and discovered why I am going to continue taking the ferry to work. The PATH stinks. Literally. It’s fucking gross. So while it may be cheaper overall to go to work via PATH and the Subway, the ease of hopping on the ferry and the lack of the B.O. smell is WORTH IT. But the ferries stop running long before 3 in the morning (which let me tell you, while late for me, is pretty much the midpoint of the evening for a true Manhattanite) so I had no other option except maybe a ridiculously expensive cab ride all the way home. So I took the PATH to Hoboken along with many other drunk partyers returning to New Jersey. Once in Hoboken, the plan was then to hop in a cab the rest of the way home, which I was glad to do. Of course, many others have this same plan, so there’s a taxi line, and to top it off, the taxi cabs like to fill the car up as much as possible, so with it being just me, my cab driver also took others. In my case, it turned out to be 2 drunk guys and a girl. The drunk guys decided to sing Bruce Springsteen… a lot. Now, I know, me and Bruce are tight, but I barely know the words to anything of his besides Dancing in the Dark and the chorus of Born in the U.S.A. So in other words, not much at all. So when the two guys ask, first if I like ‘The Boss’ and second what song would I like them to sing, I just had to laugh and respond that they could the song of their choice as it really didn’t matter to me. And it didn’t. I just wanted to go home. They continued singing, and the girl was frantically trying to get me to not request or encourage them any more… all in all, an interesting time. OH! I forgot while on the PATH train to Hoboken, I ended up sitting next to some girl who had partied just a tad too much. She sat directly next to me with her friend and had her head in one of those small clear-plastic purses and vomited the ENTIRE train ride there. Yes, I will not be taking the PATH more than absolutely necessary.

So how’s THAT for a first NYC party experience? But you know what? I’m so going to do it again!

Alright, what else is there? I’ve been really enjoying getting to know the job more and more. I actually am starting to feel knowledgeable. Oh yeah, I was in Miami because we were there to help transition Telemundo (which NBC Universal owns) to one of our library management systems and train them on the new process. Sounds glamorous, yes? Of course it’s not, but it was a necessary step to get them inline with some new technology and to begin the transition to a electronic media library that will encompass All of NBC’s networks so that we can know where every commercial, promo, or program is physically located. A lot of work, but it’ll be awesome when done.

I promised you another story though, didn’t I? Well, I promised it to you if you managed to get through my NYC party story. Basically, I went shopping at one of the more trendy stores the other day during lunch: Kenneth Cole at Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue. His stuff for guys is very much my style, and he has stuff from shoes to jackets to clothes to belts to well, basically, most everything. And I’ve been in the market for a new rainjacket and some nice brown shoes. And THEN I found out that since I work at Rockefeller Center, I get a 10% discount there as well. Can you say, FUCK YEAH!? I know that you can. So I went in there, not really expecting much in terms of customer service because my previous experience at H&M left a bad taste in my mouth. Basically at H&M, even with me being my most polite and charming, I got basically blank stares and near-sneers in response from the ‘help’. What a bunch of jerks. But surprise, surprise, the guy I went to who was near the jackets turned out to be awesome and nice (nice-looking too, but I digress). I picked out a sweet jacket, new brown shoes that I freakin’ love, and a cool new reversible brown/black belt. I think I helped his commission enough that I got to become part of his ‘Client Book’. Yay me. I ended up missing a 20% off invite-only night at Kenneth Cole on Tuesday because I was in Miami (you know, writing that last sentence is hilarious – who knew that I would EVER write something like that?) though, and it sucks because there was going to be free Champagne!!!!!

Alright, let’s see, I think that IS all the stories now. But while walking home tonight from the ferry, I realized I feel the need to divest myself of all my insecure and internal thoughts that go through my head. Now if you could give a rats ass about this all, then feel free to stop reading. No one’s forcing you to and you’re certainly not paying for the ‘privilege’ of Hobie’s thoughts, but I was thinking about all the things that go through my head at certain times and I realized there’s just things I would rather not be hesitant to admit anymore. And maybe it’s not even hesitation in saying them – it’s just been I thought no one cared. And no one really does, but it’s my website, and I care, so I can do whatever the hell I want. Life’s too short to repress yourself. So if you’d like to skip down to the pictures, please do so at this point. And if anything I write makes you think less of me, well, sorry – I made no guarantees!

Some Things I Think: (this will probably be a re-occurring feature, so please skip as necessary in the future)

– I often walk into a room of people and immediately try to see who the most attractive guy is and then compare myself to that person. Then I’ll usually do a rank-order of where I probably fit in, comparatively. At this point in my life, I think I’m pretty fair and objective in my rankings. Like today and yesterday, I was in a Project Management course. There were two incredibly good-looking guys (at least in my opinion) that I think definitely were better-looking than me, so I probably came up as #3 in the rankings today. But you see, this shows how arrogant I truly am in my own head. I’m not Exceedingly arrogant, but still pretty arrogant, and definitely vain. I mean, hello, I make a ranking list. Yet what I hate is when my own self-image gets destroyed by a bad reflection or bad picture of me (or is it a TRUE picture?). Because you see, in my own mind, I think I’m fairly good-looking!

– I hate talking on the phone, especially when trying to do the ‘catch up with others’ thing. I’m horrible at it. Why? Because almost everything that I think would keep people interested on the phone ISN’T interesting. And then i’m like, what the hell do I have to talk about or tell people? My life, although new and exciting now, is still pretty damn solitary, so there’s not much to ‘report’ on. “Yep, I went to work again”. This week was quite a change from the norm, and who knows, my phone calls may be a lot more interesting from here on out. So this isn’t a slam against anyone who calls me, because honestly, I love to hear how you all are doing, but I have nothing usually. And then I feel bad. I don’t want to bore people. God knows I do it enough on this website.

– I’ve realized that my natural and relaxed face is a very pissed-off face. At least that is what it looks and seems like. So I consciously try to relax my face yet also have a smirk or slight smile so I don’t look like a damn psycho. But when i do that, then I realize instead of an angry psycho, I must look like a smirking psycho. So honestly, what the hell am I supposed to do? I don’t want to become another walled-off New Yorker who absolutely looks miserable while going to work. You should see some of these people. They look completely and utterly defeated. They barely look at others and while I know it’s a defense mechanism of some sort, seriously, it’s not that bad! Look Up! Look at the City! It’s a great life. You’ve got one shot – enjoy it! But in the meantime, even though I don’t feel that way, I don’t want to look life a fucking idiot savant smiling away to himself (I’m Rain Man!) or some serial killer. What to do…..

Okay, I guess that’s enough for now. The first bullet point was what really got me wanting to ‘divest’ (I love that word today) myself of these mainly self-centered and arrogant thoughts. It’s not as if I don’t think them anymore, but it’s kind of nice to just say em out loud and let people know that I’m a selfish bastard. And if you can deal with that, then rock on with yo’ bad self.

And here are some pictures for persevering through this long long long-winded entry. I’ve finally taken some pictures of my room and dancehall bathroom too. Enjoy! And as an added bonus, I just recorded a mini-video of my room so you can truly see for yourself, with a guided tour no less, my living space. I may have to take advantage of this camera’s video features, as it would be kind of cool to make mini-videos throughout my stay here.

Oct 13, 2007 – Out with Shelly

That's my roommate Shelly - a few hours before we went out on 13 Oct (Sat)
That's my roommate Shelly - a few hours before we went out on 13 Oct (Sat)13-Oct-2007 16:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
At the Hiro Ballroom
At the Hiro Ballroom13-Oct-2007 18:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.6 sec, ISO 800
Shelley and me, kinda shiny
Shelley and me, kinda shiny13-Oct-2007 19:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
13-Oct-2007 21:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 1 sec, ISO 200
 

Oct 15, 2007 – In Miami for WORK

Me in Miami at Mojitos, holding a Mojito, strangely enough
Me in Miami at Mojitos, holding a Mojito, strangely enough15-Oct-2007 18:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
15-Oct-2007 19:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
This was my suite in the Conrad Hotel in Miami.
This was my suite in the Conrad Hotel in Miami.15-Oct-2007 22:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec
 
Amazing
Amazing15-Oct-2007 22:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec
Didn't want to leave
Didn't want to leave15-Oct-2007 22:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec
15-Oct-2007 22:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec
 
15-Oct-2007 22:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec
 

Oct 17, 2007 – Rockefeller Rink in Pink

17-Oct-2007 16:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 400
17-Oct-2007 16:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 400
 

Oct 18, 2007 – My Room, Lived in and Furnished

18-Oct-2007 18:37
18-Oct-2007 20:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
18-Oct-2007 20:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 141
 
And now here's my apartment as of 18 Oct - this is looking from my bed to the bathroom
And now here's my apartment as of 18 Oct - this is looking from my bed to the bathroom18-Oct-2007 20:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
Looking from the mirror to my window
Looking from the mirror to my window18-Oct-2007 20:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
My desk and bureau from the room entrance
My desk and bureau from the room entrance18-Oct-2007 20:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
 
How I hid my bookcase
How I hid my bookcase18-Oct-2007 20:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
18-Oct-2007 20:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 141
The needlessly spacious bathroom
The needlessly spacious bathroom18-Oct-2007 20:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 141
 
18-Oct-2007 20:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 141
Cluttered sink, but what can you do? (I know, put the shit away!)
Cluttered sink, but what can you do? (I know, put the shit away!)18-Oct-2007 20:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 141
18-Oct-2007 20:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 141
 
18-Oct-2007 20:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 141